Newcastle United fans have seen their side almost secure Premier League football for another season and the locals in the Transfer Tavern are in no doubt praising the role Rafa Benitez has played in their efforts.
The Magpies were considered one of the favourites to go straight back down to the Championship after they failed to add any experience to their side and look almost a certainty after Christmas, however, a run of six wins, five draws and three defeats has seen the club move clear of the relegation zone.
It is no secret how the punters in the Tavern adore the Spaniard and the job he has done in the north-east, however, there was once a time when a number of the St. James’ Park faithful called for him to go.
Benitez has revealed to the Chronicle Live that although the club could have followed suit with the others around them, he believes that stability is the key to ensuring the team is in the best position to deal with the situation.
“There was a time at Newcastle when some people were saying: ‘Change the manager – that’s the solution!’” he told the Chronicle Live.
“If you remember, though, this season they have changed the managers at the bottom all of the time. But sometimes stability is the key.
“If you are doing the right things it is about being patient.
“In the end, you can get the benefits.
“For us, it has been crucial to have the fans behind the team and the players are working really hard.
“Everything has been done in a football way. It has been right but we still have to carry on.”
The most popular Newcastle manager since Sir Bobby Robson, our resident Geordies are only falling deeper and deeper in love with the former Liverpool and Real Madrid coach. Now, they hope he’s backed to the hilt this summer.
The Newcastle fans in the Tavern will be delighted the club kept Benitez at the helm, rather than changing halfway through like some of their relegation rivals. The former Liverpool and Chelsea boss has an untold amount of experience in the Premier League and punters will be hoping they can keep hold of him for as long as possible.
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